Dec 7, 2012 4:30pm PST
. the materials and financials gained 0.08%. the energy sector was up 0.07%. technology was the big drag, thanks once again to apple. over the past week apple has gone from almost $600 per share to $533, down about 9%. with the sell-off apple is about $8 above its most recent low from mid-november. there are several theories behind apple's stock drop: profit taking, disappointment over no special dividend, and more fundamental concerns about its business growth. two other big techs under some pressure today. microsoft fell 1%. it's just pennies ove its low for the year. cisco systems fell 0.07%. the firm repeated today its previous earnings growth forecast. big banks were on the upswing with the further improvement in the job market, and ahead of next week's federal reserve meeting as expectations build for more economic help. j.p. morgan jumped 2.6%, it's highest price since early november. bank of america added another 1.8% to an 18 month high. a big global energy deal is one step closer tonight. late today canada okayed the buyout of nexen energy by chinese energy giant c-nooc. this is a $15.
Dec 5, 2012 9:00am EST
. our road map begins with a $20 billion deal. freeport mcmoran getting into the energy business making two acquisitions. plains exploration and mcmoran exploration. >>> concerns over the u.s. economy as adp misses estimates. the blame goes to superstorm sandy. goldman says the party is officially over for gold. >> starbucks at an investors conference will add 1,500 stores in the u.s. over the next five years. wait until you hear what they said about china. >> a big day in media. pandora ceo joins us live later this morning as the stock fell nearly 20% on weak guidance and netflix signs a big exclusive with disney. how much are they having to pay up for that? >>> let's deal with this big deal. as i've been telling you we'll see a lot of big deals -- i was wrong. here we are. freeport mcmoran buying not one but two companies. the combined price if you add it all together gets close to $20 billion. that does include debt. let's go through some of the details. it's somewhat complex. let's start with bigger of the two deals. freeport's purchase of plains. approximately $6.9 billion in total
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
happening. cheap to build things here. it's energy costs so much lower than around the world. labor costs -- look at these labor rates. people are not working for much more money. there is slack in the system. it's a developing story. >> tim cook in yesterday's interview on rockcenter said it's the lack of manufacturing skills. they have to look overseas to manufacture their products. i thought that was interesting. there's a notion here in the united states that it's always about cheap labor. cheap labor. that's why you go to china. not necessarily entirely the case. >> a lot of manufacturing jobs require a certain amount of math skill now that was not required 20 or 30 years ago. unfortunately we hear time and again from chief executives, they have hard time filling those fairly high level manufacturing jobs, high skill required manufacturing jobs. >> this is what ceo of general electric stressed in the jobs council for the president, listen up, mr. president. junior colleges is where you can make a difference. >> vocational skills. >> i don't feel it's -- look, washington is focused on